Hollande says France rejects TTIP..TTIP documents expose plans for corporate takeover

•May 5, 2016 • 1 Comment

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https://www.rt.com/news/341671-ttip-talks-eu-us/

For now, France is saying “No” to the all-encompassing TTIP trade deal with Europe, as it goes against its “essential principles,” President Hollande has said. The French trade minister has also criticized Washington’s reluctance to budge on many points.

“We will never accept questioning essential principles for our agriculture, our culture and for the reciprocity of access to public [procurement] markets,” Francois Hollande said at a meeting of left-wing politicians in Paris, according to AFP. “At this stage [of talks] France says ‘No.’”

Speaking the day after negotiation papers were leaked by Greenpeace, France’s trade minister, Matthias Fekl, called Washington’s unwillingness to budge on many points “unacceptable,” saying it is jeopardizing the entire talks.

“In view of the United States’ state of mind today, that seems to be the most likely option,” trade secretary Matthias Fekl said on Europe 1 radio, when answering if he thought the negotiations were in danger of stopping.

“We want reciprocity. Europe offers a lot and gets very little in return. This is not acceptable,” Fekl said.  “It is an agreement which, as it would be today, would be a bad deal… “It can not be agreed without France and even less against France,” he added.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has been discussed behind closed doors since 2013. It will affect a trade zone inhabited by 850 million people, and has received staunch criticism from many Europeans, who believe it is not in their best interest.

https://www.rt.com/uk/341690-ttip-leak-documents-greenpeace/

Climate protection, jobs, food safety and online privacy rights will be whittled away under the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), an explosive tranche of leaked documents suggest.

The leaked texts, which shed light on secretive EU-US trade negotiations, indicate TTIP could tear asunder environmental and consumer protections many Europeans hold dear.

Greenpeace Netherlands published the documents on Tuesday to dismantle a veil of secrecy over the watershed deal and lay bare its implications for climate protection, human health, labour rights, internet privacy rights and the very social fabric of Europe itself.

The NGO, which has a long history of environmental campaign work and research, obtained the negotiation texts from an unknown source. It worked with a number of high-profile media outlets on the data, including Hamburg-based TV station NDR, Cologne-headquartered public broadcasting group WDR and renowned Munich-based newspaper Süddeutscher Zeitung.

TTIP will create the world’s biggest free-trade zone, scrapping tariffs and other obstacles to the trade of goods and services between the US and the EU. Supporters insist it will encourage investment and create employment, while critics warn it will mark a decline in state sovereignty as Europeans know it.

The leaked documents, obtained by Greenpeace Netherlands, shine a light directly on the negotiation positions of the EU and the US, and give roughly 1 billion citizens across Europe and America the opportunity to have an informed debate on the deal.

TTIP’s opponents from Bristol to Brussels have branded this latest disclosure the trade agreement’s death knell.

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note this not the TPP..its TTIP..a close cousin..and france says no..that wont go down well..as for the greenpeace “leaks”..sorry..but thats one crowd i dont trust or have any time for..

“Greenpeace Netherlands published the documents on Tuesday to dismantle a veil of secrecy over the watershed deal and lay bare its implications for climate protection, human health, labour rights, internet privacy rights and the very social fabric of Europe itself.”

blah blah blah..

“TTIP will create the world’s biggest free-trade zone, scrapping tariffs and other obstacles to the trade of goods and services between the US and the EU. Supporters insist it will encourage investment and create employment, while critics warn it will mark a decline in state sovereignty as Europeans know it.”

europe doesnt have state sovereignty now!

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Introducing Mohammed bin Salman..face of the future

•May 5, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.arabnews.com/content/mohammed-bin-salman-%E2%80%94-face-future

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and defense minister, has become known among many as the face of the future of Saudi Arabia, particularly for the refreshing manner in which he has engaged the public about the government’s plan to revamp the economy.

With the enormous responsibility of holding the defense portfolio, and leading the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, he has broken that unwritten rule that “those in charge should not speak,” with a candid approach on the challenges facing the country, and the strategic decision-making needed to carry out reforms effectively.

Adel Al-Moaafi, a mass communications specialist, said recently that the vision has effectively been made a project that would be run by the people in conjunction with the government.

Al-Moaafi said citizens had become accustomed to hearing about large national projects in the Kingdom through the official news agency, the Saudi Press Agency, and local newspaper reports, but had rarely seen officials speaking clearly about specific plans, objectives and targets.

When the Kingdom announced the creation of the Islamic Alliance to counter terrorism, Prince Mohammed appeared in public for the first time to make a statement. He appeared confident and replied to all questions, said Al-Moaafi, who described his appearance as indicative of a “driven and practical man.”

Al-Moaafi, who is completing his postgraduate studies in the United States, said the prince’s decision to address citizens in a highly transparent manner showed his appreciation and desire for dialogue with the people. “He chose to appear and disclose all information, and was able to convince citizens of the government’s vision, and that they would have to drive it to success.”

In his press interviews and appearances on the economy, the prince was able to answer all questions, to alleviate fears about what would be done. This was no mean feat because of the conservative economic approach adopted over the years. It was well received by the public, as evidenced by the response on social media, said Al-Moaafi.

Last Monday, he introduced Vision 2030 coherently and comprehensively, a plan he said had been the product of extensive work over several months. He had clarified many issues during the hour-long address and then later held a press conference with local and international media to provide further explanations.

Citizens have already shown a great deal of love for the young prince. Ali Al-Seed, an accountant at a food factory in Jeddah, said more officials should adopt the approach of Prince Mohammed and speak more regularly to the people.

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watch this guy..closely..

“Citizens have already shown a great deal of love for the young prince.”

i think hes going to be a player..

and hes filthy rich..

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Bitcoin creator finally revealed?..Australian Craig Wright outs himself as “Satoshi Nakamoto”

•May 5, 2016 • 4 Comments

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https://www.rt.com/business/341578-bitcoin-creator-revealed-wright/

Australian businessman Craig Wright has revealed he is the man behind the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, ending years of speculation.

Bitcoin’s code was released in 2009 under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, and the true identity of Nakamoto was increasingly hard-sought as the virtual currency gained traction.

Bitcoin was the top performing currency last year, according to The Money Project, and one Bitcoin is currently worth about $456.

Wright used coins known to belong to the currency’s founder as a means of backing up his claim, the BBC reports.

He told the British broadcaster that the search for the true identity of Bitcoin’s founder had spurred him into making the announcement, saying: “There are lots of stories out there that have been made up and I don’t like it hurting those people I care about.”

“I have not done this because it is what I wanted,” he said of the revelation, adding that he does not want fame, but instead wants to“keep doing what I want to do”.

After tech magazines Wired and Gizmodo published claims in late 2015 that Wright was the probable creator of Bitcoin, his Sydney home was subjected to a search by Australian authorities as part of a tax investigation.

Wright explains his struggle revealing his public persona, Satoshi, in a blog post he wrote on Monday. He references a quote by Jean Paul Sartre: “If I sign myself Jean-Paul Sartre it is not the same thing as if I sign myself Jean-Paul Sartre, Nobel Prizewinner.”

“I remember reading that quote many years ago…and having experienced the ebb and flow of life those years have brought, I think I am finally at peace with what he meant. If I sign Craig Wright, it is not the same as if I sign Craig Wright, Satoshi,” the businessman posted.

“Satoshi is dead. But this is only the beginning,” he adds cryptically, before outlining the verification process to back up his claims of being bitcoin’s founder.

There have been false claims about the supposed ‘true’ identity of Satoshi before. In 2014, Newsweek published an article claiming a Japanese-American man was behind the virtual currency.

Wright’s revelation has yet to convince many that he is indeed bitcoin’s creator.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Steven_Wright

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36191165

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we have seen a few wannabe satoshi’s..is this the real one?

Satoshi is dead. But this is only the beginning,” he adds cryptically, before outlining the verification process to back up his claims of being bitcoin’s founder.”

but some still doubt him..

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Google CEO Pichai sees the end of computers as physical devices

•May 5, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-28/google-ceo-pichai-sees-the-end-of-computers-as-physical-devices

Forget personal computer doldrums and waning smartphone demand. Google thinks computers will one day cease being physical devices.

“Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the ‘device’ to fade away,” Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai wrote Thursday in a letter to shareholders of parent Alphabet Inc. “Over time, the computer itself — whatever its form factor — will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day.”

Instead of online information and activity happening mostly on the rectangular touch screens of smartphones, Pichai sees artificial intelligence powering increasingly formless computers. “We will move from mobile first to an AI first world,” he said.

Pichai was, in part, talking his own playbook because Google has been working on AI and related technology such as machine learning for years and this advanced software already powers web services and apps such as Google Photos and Google Translate.

Google is also a major investor in Magic Leap, a startup that has raised more than $1 billion to build an augmented-reality system that inserts 3-D moving images and other information into the surroundings people see. Pichai is on the board.

Magic Leap has been coy about the physical form its technology will take. When asked last year whether it will be a head-worn device near the eyes, Rony Abovitz, the company’s CEO, said he saw computing as being a kind of presence all around humans in the future.

Pichai has risen to the top role at Google in recent years, taking over from co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, so his views shape the strategic direction of the Internet search giant. Indeed, he expounded on the future of computing in a Google founders’ letter that has been only written by either Page or Brin for over a decade.

Still, Google has a history of grand pronouncements about the future of computing that don’t pan out, at least initially. In 2013, Brin touted the benefits of Google Glass, the company’s connected eye wear, saying that summoning information to one’s eyes was a better use of the body than “rubbing a featureless piece of glass.” Glass flopped because of privacy concerns and technical problems like short battery life.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundar_Pichai

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“Over time, the computer itself — whatever its form factor — will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day.”

how cute..

“Magic Leap has been coy about the physical form its technology will take. When asked last year whether it will be a head-worn device near the eyes, Rony Abovitz, the company’s CEO, said he saw computing as being a kind of presence all around humans in the future.”

a “magick” leap?

“Magic Leap, a startup that has raised more than $1 billion to build an augmented-reality system that inserts 3-D moving images and other information into the surroundings people see. Pichai is on the board.”

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SpaceX says it will fly a spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018

•May 5, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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This artist rendering provided by SpaceX shows a Dragon capsule sitting on the surface of Mars. SpaceX is shooting for Mars. The company's billionaire founder and chief executive Elon Musk says he plans to send a Dragon capsule to the red planet as early as 2018. Musk is dubbing his Mars spacecraft Red Dragon. (SpaceX via AP)

This artist rendering provided by SpaceX shows a Dragon capsule sitting on the surface of Mars. SpaceX is shooting for Mars. The company’s billionaire founder and chief executive Elon Musk says he plans to send a Dragon capsule to the red planet as early as 2018. Musk is dubbing his Mars spacecraft Red Dragon.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/04/27/spacex-says-it-will-fly-a-spacecraft-to-mars-as-soon-as-2018/

Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on Mars as soon as 2018 with the help of NASA, an extraordinary collaboration between the public and private sectors in an effort to eventually get humans to the Red Planet.

SpaceX made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday, laying out an ambitious timeline for an incredibly difficult mission that only governments have dared try. Landing a spacecraft or a robot that can then operate successfully on the Martian surface is so difficult that the U.S. is the only country to have done it, and many attempts over the years have failed.

The partnership between SpaceX and NASA, which has the goal of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s, is yet another example of the significant shift in the role NASA is playing in space exploration. While it continues to pursue its own deep space missions, the agency has also spent years, and billions of dollars, helping to support a robust commercial space industry, which it is increasingly partnering with to develop the technologies to explore the cosmos.

In a statement, NASA said it is providing “technical support” for SpaceX’s mission, without financial support. In exchange, SpaceX would provide “valuable entry, descent and landing data to NASA for our journey to Mars, while providing support to American industry.”

Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur who also runs the electric car maker Tesla, founded SpaceX more than 10 years ago with the goal of colonizing Mars.

Getting to Mars, however, is exceedingly difficult. On average, it’s 140 million miles from Earth, though the planets come to within about 35 million miles every 26 months. But even under the best circumstances it takes months to get there. And the terrain of deep space is tremendously harsh. Skeptics think that despite its grand aspirations, NASA is nowhere close to getting humans there. And of the 43 robotic missions to Mars, including flybys, attempted by four different countries, only 18 have been total successes.

Musk’s announcement Wednesday, then, “is a pretty bold statement from a guy known for bold statements,” said Lori Garver, the former deputy NASA administrator.

The collaboration “is more similar to what you might have with a government-to-government agreement,” she said. “So it is breaking new ground, and I think it’s a good sign that NASA is even a partner. It shows there are people at NASA who are as excited about this as a lot of us are.”

Once a spunky startup, SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, Calif., has become a major force in the burgeoning space industry, with more than 4,000 employees, a backlog of orders to launch commercial satellites and multi-billion dollar contracts with NASA to fly cargo and eventually astronauts to the International Space Station on its Falcon 9 rocket.

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yeah ok..

“While it continues to pursue its own deep space missions, the agency has also spent years, and billions of dollars, helping to support a robust commercial space industry, which it is increasingly partnering with to develop the technologies to explore the cosmos.”

the technocracy..

“SpaceX plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on Mars as soon as 2018”

i have $20 that says they wont get there in 2018..

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“Burning Man for the 1%”..the desert party for the tech elite

•May 4, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/02/further-future-festival-burning-man-tech-elite-eric-schmidt

A red Ferrari with the top down swerved past on the winding dirt road, heading to what looked like a small Mars encampment. Helicopters landed on the side of the road and greeters darted across. At a farmers’ market with overflowing baskets full of raspberries, watermelons, and focaccia, I asked for a mango, and the farmer started cutting it in half for me: “That’ll be $7.”

This weekend, outside Las Vegas, a group of Burning Man veterans put on a festival called Further Future, now in its second year. Across 49 acres of Native American land over three days, with around 5,000 attendees, the event was the epitome of a new trend of so-called “transformational festivals” that are drawing technologists for what’s billed as a mix of fun and education. While tickets started at $350, many attendees opted for upgrades to fully staffed accommodation and fine dining.

While Burning Man’s hidden luxury camps on the edge of town are criticized by old time Burners who value labor on the desert, Further Future is a splinter group that’s unapologetic about wanting a good, hard-labor-free time. “Unabashed luxury”, the website reads. Burners are judged for using Wi-Fi or having private chefs; Further Future advertises its connectivity and personal festival assistant service. Nobu hosted a $250-a-seat dinner on the first night of the festival. Partiers included Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet; Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman; and top Facebook executive Stan Chudnovsky.

“It’s the Burning Man 1%,” said Charles, a documentary filmmaker with spikes pierced through his ears and a brainwave meditation startup. “It’s curated.”

Eric Schmidt was backstage leaning against a tower of palettes and wearing an ornate top hat and a vest made of mirrors. He said he was at Further Future mostly because these were his friends.

“It’s well documented that I go to Burning Man. The future’s driven by people with an alternative world view. You never know where you’ll find ideas. ”

This was the cream of the Burning Man crop, he said.

“This is a high percentage of San Francisco entrepreneurs, and they tend to be winners. It’s a curated, self-selected group of adults who have jobs,” Schmidt said. “You can tell by the percentage of trailers.”

Did they provide the costume for him?

“My own, of course. What do you think of it?” he pressed the glass panels and smiled.

Party planners at Burning Man are careful to hide their luxury dwellings behind large walls dressed as art projects, but Further Future had no such pretension. Behind a chain-link fence was the VIP neighborhood with airstreams ($5,000) and Lunar Palaces ($7,500) – 200 sq ft, 9ft high, custom-made luxury domes with wooden flooring and furnished to sleep four. These included something called an entourage concierge – “a personal, dedicated lifestyle manager and assistant ready to help you with any requirements or desires you may have. No request is ever unattainable.” The lifestyle assistant, who makes sure you have the soap you like, will work with you on everything “from the green juice you enjoy every morning to the old-fashioned cocktail you sip on in the evenings”.

In a shipping container converted to control room, I found Russell Ward, the general show runner and publicist who’s the mastermind behind the most popular “transformational festivals”.

“This is top-league networking and business folks are all here in the guise of having fun. It’s designed around the music, but it’s about the business,” Ward said. “A ton of business will get done here. Entrepreneurs will get funded, investors will find their trajectories, service companies will meet and mix it up.”

Before running the tech world’s hot new trend, Ward had an online gaming hedge fund. “The problem was it got hairy. It’s a dodgy industry,” he said. “We weren’t doing anything illegal, but we got raided by the government, and I got spooked. So I had to decide where to plant my next seed, and I found this knack for festivals.”

The aesthetic of the festival was “steampunk futurism” (latex underwear, fur coats, platform boots, metal headpieces). Ward was wearing a Hawaiian tank top, clear Gucci sunglasses, and a silver-coated bobcat claw on a chain.

“Burning Man, and we have great reverence for Burning Man, but there’s always an element of arduousness. Here, we have spa treatments and green juice,” he said. “There’s already enough in life that’s tough.”

Further Future is only one of several “transformations” Ward runs, and they all overlap somewhat, especially MaiTai, the billionaire kiteboarding community centered around Virgin founder Richard Branson’s island. “Kiteboarding is the new golf,” Ward said. “Everyone’s doing it. Branson, Elon, Sergey.”

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what a bunch of rich flogs..

schmidt leading the circus..

“Burning Man, and we have great reverence for Burning Man, but there’s always an element of arduousness. Here, we have spa treatments and green juice,” he said. “There’s already enough in life that’s tough.”

vomit*

“Kiteboarding is the new golf,” Ward said. “Everyone’s doing it. Branson, Elon, Sergey.”

double vomit*

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Apple shares on longest losing streak since 1998

•May 4, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/markets/apple-shares-on-longest-losing-streak-since-1998-20160502-gokmnh.html?google_editors_picks=true

So far in 2016, Apple Inc. is the dog of the Dow.

After an underwhelming earnings report led to the shares’ worst week since January 2013, Apple stock has extended its losses this week. The benchmark index’s laggard has declined by nearly 11 per cent so far this year.

Bespoke Investment Group notes that Monday’s negative close marks eight straight sessions in the red for Apple—something that last happened in July 1998, and has now happened only four times in the company’s history.

More than $US79 billion ($103 billion) in Apple’s market capitalisation has been erased over the past eight sessions. The company’s heavy weighting in major sector and benchmark indexes, coupled with the stock’s terrible two-week stretch, has made $US4 billion in assets of exchange-traded funds evaporate over this stretch. “Smart beta” ETFs are poised to trounce their more popular peers, Bloomberg’s Eric Balchunas observes, in the event that this spanof underperformance continues.

There’s a possible silver lining for Apple bulls, and investors who own those market-cap-weighted ETFs: The stock tends to bounce back in earnest following these rare stretches of rotten performance.

“Two of the three eight-day streaks saw the stock fall on day nine as well, but the stock has never experienced a losing streak longer than nine trading days,” Bespoke writes. “While the next day and next week returns following eight-day losing streaks lean negative, the stock has been higher over the next month all three times for a median gain of 8.01 per cent .”

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is the apple rotten?

“More than $US79 billion ($103 billion) in Apple’s market capitalisation has been erased over the past eight sessions. ”

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